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In today’s Daily 3-Bet we’ll take a look at Isildur1 making an appearance at the PokerStars National Championship in Barcelona, Steph Curry playing poker in Montana and Daniel Negreanu assessing #GoodforPoker.
1) Isildur1 Stops by PSC Barcelona
Tom Dwan on TV shows and Isildur1 playing major live tournaments. What year is it again?
Viktor “Isildur1” Blom is one of the 800+ players in the thick of the action on Day 1a of the €1,100 buy-in PokerStars National Championship in Barcelona.
Barcelona has always been one of the crown jewels of the international poker circuit and it looks like this year will be no different with Casino Barcelona already full to the brim with poker players.
Isildur1 has never been a big tournament guy but he did take down a $100k Super High Roller for $1.2m at the 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure.
Jamie “PokerStaples” Staples, Vitaly Lunkin, Anton Wigg and Dominik Panka are also amongst the early registrants for the 2017 National Championship in Barcelona, which runs Aug. 16-21.
Blom was of course a member of Team PokerStars Pro back in the day and then later on a member of the short-lived Professionals for Full Tilt 2.0.
Considering his legendary online background, Blom is probably one of the only poker pros who could still command a decent deal with a major online poker room.
Perhaps another tour with PokerStars? Dare to dream.
2) Steph Curry Plays in Montana Poker Room
The Golden State Warriors just can’t seem to get enough poker.
Several members of the team play in the big Silicon Valley game that Phil Hellmuth frequents. Hellmuth has spoken about it numerous times but won’t name anyone specifically.
That game may not be enough, however, as Steph Curry was recently spotted at the Remington Bar and Casino in Whitefish, Montana.
Hey it’s the offseason, what else are you going to do?
Maybe next year Curry can take a slightly trip and make an appearance at the WSOP. They’ve got a few games there.
Besides Curry seems to have this basketball thing figured out with yet another championship this year. Time to conquer poker!
At the very least we’re getting to the point where a casino could host a rather sizable tournament of just NBA players with Paul Pierce, Gilbert Arenas, David Lee, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green among the many, many basketball stars who enjoy a turn at the tables.
3) Daniel Negreanu Discusses “Good for Poker”
Something that gets tossed around the poker world quite a bit is the concept of “Good for poker.”
It’s somewhat of a nebulous idea (we think the old Wicked Chops Poker Blog had a part in popularizing the term) and no one has exactly been clear about what it means and why.
Fortunately Daniel Negreanu is breaking it down this week and giving people an idea of what he believes is “Good for poker” in a new Vlog.
One of the key elements of Negreanu’s video is the argument that the poker community should embrace people who try to do things in the poker space instead of mock them.
Makes sense, right? Check it out below: